What to Do When You Unexpectedly Become a Guardian
Guest post by Patrick Hicks, the Head of Legal at Trust & Will
Life is unpredictable, and sometimes something we never thought would happen to us happens all of a sudden. If you are a godparent, uncle or aunt, or close friend, you may be listed as someone who will become the legal guardian of a dependent if their previous parent or guardian passes away, or else otherwise becomes unable to take care of them.
In addition to the emotional grief, turmoil and strain caused by a loved one’s sudden passing, there are many logistical issues to settle as well. And, especially if you’ve unexpectedly taken over legal guardianship of a minor or disabled person, you may be scrambling to figure out what your next steps should be. Let’s carefully move through a few steps you should take immediately if you find yourself unexpectedly becoming a legal guardian.